California’s ‘anti-Arizona’ TRUST Act is back for another round | 89.3 KPCC

Two months after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill known as the TRUST Act “as written,” a lawmaker is reintroducing it in the Assembly. Bill sponsor Tom Ammiano, a Democratic Assembly member from the Bay Area, announced Monday that he’s bringing back a reworked “3.0” version of the bill. It aims to limit state and local cops’ cooperation with federal immigration agents. While it differs from the earlier amended version Brown had vetoed, it’s closer in ways to the original bill the legislature voted on in 2011. The idea of the measure, dubbed earlier this year as the “anti-Arizona bill,” is to set limits on who California state and local authorities can hold for deportation at the behest of federal immigration authorites, restricting it to only those with serious criminal convictions on their records. The TRUST Act (an acronym for “Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools”) is intended to limit the state’s participation in Se Communities

Connecticut official faults US handling of immigrant

An adviser to Connecticut’s governor is criticizing the U.S. government’s detention of a Mexican immigrant under the federal Se Communities program. Mike Lawlor, the governor’s top aide on criminal justice policy, joined advocates at a rally Thursday condemning the initiative that took effect statewide earlier this year. The immigrant, 34-year-old Josemaria Islas of New Haven, was arrested in July on charges that he tried to steal a bicycle. His lawyers said he was wrongfully arrested and the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors, but instead of being released, he was turned over to federal agents at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Lawlor said the case shows why the program that shares arrestee fingerprints with ICE could lead immigrant communities to lose trust in police officers.

Labor Secretary Visits Staten Island – WNYC

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited a day worker center on Staten Island that has been involved in cleanup efforts after Sandy. She toured the Midland Beach neighborhood on Thursday. Solis said the federal government is trying to reach different parts of the population to let them know about opportunities arising through recovery efforts following Sandy. “The President … reiterated the importance and significance of us working on a broader scale to make sure that we really reach the vulnerable populations, online that we really provide jobs, ” she said. “This is an opportunity to help build back infrastructure, housing, and to help provide incentives for more economic development.” The Department of Labor gave a 27 million dollar grant to the New York State Department of Labor to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts earlier this month.

Más presión por el Acta de Confianza – laopinion.com

Decenas de organizaciones defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes en California comenzaron a presionar al gobernador Jerry Brown para que firme el Acta de Confianza, y la ley pueda entrar en vigor en enero. El proyecto de ley AB1081 vetado por el gobernador en septiembre pasado, treat volverá a ser presentado por tercera vez. Aún no se conocen los detalles de la nueva versión pero Carlos Alcalá, portavoz del asambleísta demócrata de San Francisco, Tom Ammiamo confirmó que será este lunes cuando se reintroduzca de nuevo. En septiembre pasado, el gobernador vetó el Acta de Confianza, un proyecto de ley que hubiera permitido que las cárceles locales no mantuvieran detenidos a petición del Servicio de Migración y Aduanas a los inmigrantes indocumentados a quienes no se les encuentran delitos. Al mismo tiempo buscaba poner freno a los excesos cometidos por el programa federal Comunidades Seguras (S-Comm)

6 Concrete Steps the President Can Take to Seize the Moment on Immigration

After his reelection, speculation has begun about what the second term of President Obama will mean for immigrant communities.  While we breathed a sigh of relief following the defeat of Mitt Romney and his self-deportation politics, it would be irresponsible for us to return to 2008 levels of hope for change without first taking a critical look at President Obama’s record and seeing concrete indicators that demonstrate his next term will be different. 

Feds delay review of Obama immigration program – USA Today

Seventeen months have passed since the Department of Homeland Security announced it would create an internal civil rights review of the Obama administration’s signature immigration enforcement program, but now department officials cannot say when, or if, they will complete it. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced in June 2011 that his agency would create a statistical monitoring tool to ensure that law enforcement agencies were not using the Se Communities program to engage in racial profiling. The program screens all people booked into local jails for federal immigration violations. Despite calls from a Homeland Security task force and outside groups to complete the review, officials are not sure when that will be possible.

Berkeley says “no” to federal immigration detainers | Berkeleyside

In a surprising twist, ask the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to decline requests from U.S. immigration officials to apply more stringent detention rules to arrested individuals depending on citizenship status. Advocates in attendance said the council made a landmark policy decision believed to be the most comprehensive and definitive in the nation as far as refusing altogether to cooperate with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program to detain and potentially deport non-citizens who are arrested. The decision will, health at least initially, mind have a limited impact given that the vast majority of these individuals ultimately are turned over to county agencies that do cooperate with the feds. Advocates said they believe, however, that the decision will have a ripple effect throughout the state to convince other jurisdictions to take a similar stand. The city has been working since last year to revise its policy